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  • 01 Jun 2021 6:00 AM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    Telehealth Training Req'd, Exam Prep Course, & Recruitment Update.

    Click the link below to read the news and updates for June 2021.

    https://mailchi.mp/a09eb7c41eff/june-2021

  • 10 Apr 2021 11:37 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    Recruitment Notice: Paid Opportunity for Active or Retired
    Certified Counselors and Public Members.

    — We Need Your Help —

    Recruitment Notice: Paid Opportunity for Active or Retired
    Certified Counselors and Public Members.

    Click Here for additional information on eligibility and how to apply.


  • 13 Feb 2021 3:08 AM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    WA State Licensed Health Care Professionals: Beware of ongoing scam attempts -- Scammers falsely claiming to represent the Washington State Department of Health continue to try to defraud licensed health care professionals, prompting this reminder to providers not to send money or to offer financial information without being certain of the recipient’s identity.

    https://content.govdelivery.com/.../WADOH/bulletins/2c0f2d7


  • 02 Feb 2021 3:11 AM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    APPLY NOW--WA STATE: Health professions in our state depend on committees, boards and commissions to advise our secretary of health on the topics, issues and reports relevant to each profession. The Washington State Department of Health is actively recruiting for public members to fill five (5) public vacancies on two of our state mental health committees.

    Committees, boards and commissions are designed to give citizens a voice in their government and allow citizens to influence decisions that shape the quality of life for the residents of our state. Participation on a committee, board or commission is one of the most effective steps citizens can take in becoming an active voice in their government.

    To qualify, applicants:

    * Must be residents of Washington State

    * May not hold a leadership position in a professional association for their profession.

    * May not be employed by Washington State.

    * Public members must represent the general public and be unaffiliated directly or indirectly with the professions credentialed under chapter 18.19 RCW and 18.225 RCW—mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists and social workers.

    Committees and boards generally meet four times yearly and will meet virtually (during the pandemic) or at one of the department offices in either Tumwater or Kent. Members are paid $50 per day and are reimbursed for travel expenses and meals.

    Facebook message us to answer any questions, share additional details, and provide an application. Thank you.

  • 02 Feb 2021 1:58 AM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    Mental Health Counselors in WA State are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Please check 'Phase Finder' at the link below for additional details and information.

    https://form.findyourphasewa.org/210118771253954


  • 16 Dec 2020 12:47 AM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    The Department of Health (department) filed a CR-101 on December 11, 2019 (WSR 20-01-072) to open the sections of Washington Administrative Code setting fees for the following four professions: ocularists, certified counselors, certified advisors, and nursing home administrators. 

    The department opened these rules to consider fee increases for these professions due to projected budget deficits for the authorities that license these professions. These fee increases are necessary to meet the requirement, in law, for all health professions to be self-supporting. This includes preventing and correcting budget deficits, and maintaining reserves to cover unexpected program costs.

    The Department of Health is hosting a "Fee Rulemaking Workshop" for certified counselors, certified advisers, and stakeholders on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. Details were sent to the GovDelivery listserv, and being forwarded to association members and newsletter subscribers.

    The association will be in attending as a stakeholder.

    Please contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns at contact<at>waproca.org to ensure that you are represented.


    As a reminder: State law, RCW 43.70.250 (License fees for professions, occupations, and businesses), requires that a profession be fully self-supporting, and that sufficient revenue be collected through fees to fund expenditures. The department requires a fee increase to recover the cost of regulating certified counselors and certified advisers.

  • 13 Nov 2020 6:20 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    Zoom Desktop Client users... the app has not been notifying many people of mandatory or optional updates to the application. Here is a link to check and see if you are running the latest version. It could help with any trouble you're having on Zoom video conference calls, and even update you with some new features.

    https://youtu.be/E7zERcVLUBM

  • 23 Sep 2020 9:56 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    License expiration extension ending, renew by Sept. 30 to avoid late fee

    Time is growing short for Washington health care professionals who took advantage of this year’s license expiration extension.

    With providers focusing on patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic, the secretary of health extended expiration dates for licenses due for renewal between April 1 and Sept. 30, 2020. The extension included a waiver of late fees.

    <<click for more info>>

  • 21 Sep 2020 2:55 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    We are working hard to provide the Exam Prep Course and other continuing education courses online.  The training calendar will be updated as soon as the details have been finalized.

    Thank you for your patience.

    Please email us with any questions in the meantime.

  • 20 Jul 2020 12:15 AM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    On July 16th, the FCC voted to make '9-8-8' the national suicide prevention and mental health hotline!

    Description:
    Action Will Help Combat Rising Suicide Rates by Making It Easier for Americans in Crisis to Obtain Assistance from Trained Counselors

    CLICK HERE to read more...

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